The Resilience Factor: 7 Essential Skills for Overcoming Life's Inevitable Obstacles

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Broadway Books, 2002 - Self-Help - 342 pages
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Resilience is a crucial ingredient–perhaps the crucial ingredient–to a happy, healthy life. More than anything else, it's what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, to carrying on after a national crisis. Everyone needs resilience, and now two expert psychologists share seven proven techniques for enhancing our capacity to weather even the cruelest setbacks.

The science in The Resilience Factor takes an extraordinary leap from the research introduced in the bestselling Learned Optimism a decade ago. Just as hundreds of thousands of people were transformed by "flexible optimism," readers of this book will flourish, thanks to their enhanced ability to overcome obstacles of any kind. Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté are seasoned resilience coaches and, through practical methods and vivid anecdotes, they prove that resilience is not just an ability that we're born with and need to survive, but a skill that anyone can learn and improve in order to thrive.

Readers will first complete the Resilience Questionnaire to determine their own innate levels of resilience. Then, the system at the heart of The Resilience Factor will teach them to:

• Cast off harsh self-criticisms and negative self-images
• Navigate through the fallout of any kind of crisis
• Cope with grief and anxiety
• Overcome obstacles in relationships, parenting, or on the job
• Achieve greater physical health
• Bolster optimism, take chances, and embrace life

In light of the unprecedented challenges we've recently faced, there's never been a greater need to boost our resilience. Without resorting to feel-good pap or quick-fix clichés, The Resilience Factor is self-help at its best, destined to become a classic in the genre.

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Reivich and Shatte's book is reminiscent of the bestselling Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, not just in the number of skills it discusses, but in the approach the authors take, too. They ... Read full review

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Overcoming a head injury suffered during childhood is not an easy task, but is a possibility that more psychologist need to evaluate as we look into the 21st century. I, Ashton Bishop, suffered one at the age of 9 years old, back in 1981, and have made a dramatic turn around thanks to my good health and determination. This traumatic moment I suffered made psychologists think my life would be a rough road because of all the elements I lost in my brain which are crucial to comprehension later in my school years. However, I was a feisty little reader growing up who was enthralled on regaining what I had lost no matter what it took to get it back. Reading and writing were always great hobby's of mine in spite of just how little I could remember. This head injury wasn't going to cripple me permanently.
When I reached high school I paved a whole new road for TBI survivors that everyone needs to learn about. Finding out that exercise could build brain waves inspired me to run a marathon at the age of 17 to see how it could help me comprehend stories as well as deal with the medicine I was taking for seizures. And yes, an awful lot was learned personally that helped me become a much more resilient man to this day. For instance, I ran 5 marathon's and 1 triathlon off my medicine with this optimistic attitude between the ages of 25 and 27 in different city's all across America.
Today at the age of 41 I'm doing something better every day at this care home I attend in Houston, TX thanks to a set of braces I had latched on my teeth at the age of 31. There are too many ways for me to illustrate all the improvements in my communication skills thanks to these wires in my mouth, but hopefully I can send a message to the rest of the world about how talking is a vital part of building ones character. In short, teeth are very necessary to talking to others either about how you feel or whatever it is on your mind. Taking care of you teeth is an important step to make it in life. It has been for me.
My quote through life has been: "Where there is a will, there is a way you can do whatever you want in life."


PART ONE The Commitment to Change
Resilience Matters
How Resilient Are You?

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Karen Reivich, Ph.D. and Andrew Shatté, Ph.D., are vice presidents for research and development with Adaptiv Learning Systems, which offers resilience training for corporate, education, health care, sports, and military markets. With Dr. Martin Seligman, Dr. Reivich coauthored The Optimistic Child, for which she received extensive national media attention. Both authors also teach at the University of Pennsylvania and live in Philadelphia.

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